By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com Celtics Insider
Follow @sherrodbcsn FOXBORO Much of the talk in the preseason has centered around the depth the Patriots have built up along the defensive line.
But when you look on the other side of the ball, the Pats have stockpiled quite a few receivers as well.
"We have good depth there," Belichick said. "We have 11 guys working. They're practicing hard."
The NFL strike may not have cost the league any games, but it hurt every team in limiting the amount of time players could work with each other. Not only does it raise the likelihood of a player getting hurt, but it also creates a sloppier atmosphere in training camp and, to some degree, makes it more challenging for teams to develop on-field chemistry.
That's why when you look back at the first few days of New England's training camp, dropped balls and missed assignments were seen everywhere.
This was especially noticeable at the wide receiver position, one that features newly acquired Chad Ochocinco.
"It's a new offense for Chad," Belichick said. "He's got that (challenge) compared to the guys that were here last year. But there's a number of players in that group that are also new."
In addition to trying to find a spot in the receiving rotation, there are those within the wideout group that will look to make their mark on special teams as well.
"It'll be interesting to see how things go when you take into account, special teams responsibilities and the competition overall as a receiving group," Belichick said. "We'll see how it goes. I'd say right now, it's deep and it's strong competition."
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The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Dolphins game:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
C David Andrews (illness)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)
WR Chris Hogan (shoulder)
TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder/hamstring)
WR Danny Amendola (knee)
DT Malcom Brown (ankle)
S Patrick Chung (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)
WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)
OFF INJURY LIST
QB Tom Brady (Achilles)
TE Rob Gronkowski (illness)
G Jermon Bushrod (foot)
DE William Hayes (back)
QB Jay Cutler (concussion)
T Laremy Tunsill (illness)
LB Stephone Anthony (quadriceps)
S Maurice Smith (illness)
OFF INJURY LIST
RB Senorise Perry (knee)
S Michael Thomas (knee)
DT Ndamukong Suh (not injury related)
FOXBORO — Within 30 seconds of his Friday press conference beginning, Tom Brady was talking about biscuits. That should tell you how small a deal he considers the Achilles tendon issue that kept him out of Wednesday’s practice.
Brady practiced for the second consecutive day Friday, after which he confirmed that he will be good to go Sunday against the Dolphins.
“I feel great. Ready to go, so I’ll be excited for Sunday and it feels good to get a little extra treatment,” Brady said. “I’m feeling great this time of year. It will be a fun week. Nothing to worry about.”
After that, Brady spoke about the aforementioned Thanksgiving biscuits of which he posted pictures on Instagram. He said they were good. Rob Gronkowski said he wanted some and that there would be “problems” if Brady didn’t bring any in for him. Everyone got a real kick out of it.
It’s hard to imagine Brady’s status for Sunday actually being up in the air. He has gone 134 consecutive regular-season games without missing time due to injury. His only absence in that span came in the form of last season’s four-game suspension for Deflategate.